Screencast-O-Matic ("S-O-M") now available (replacing TechSmith Relay)

If you are teaching at ASU, chances are you are engaging with your students online, synchronously (in online office hours or virtual meetings), or asynchronously (with email or online discussions in Blackboard or Canvas).  Some of you are "flipping the classroom," recording your lectures and PowerPoint presentations on your computer, and posting them online for the students to watch BEFORE class, so that the class time can be spent in discussion, rather than just note-taking. Perhaps you like to answer questions outside of class by posting a screen recording to explain a concept or demonstrate a web page.  If "a picture is worth a thousand words," a screen recording is incalculably more efficient.  

Today's Toolbox of Teaching Technology would be incomplete without software making Screen Recording and Desktop Lecture Capture available and convenient.  Since 2012, ASU has provided TechSmith Relay for just that purpose, providing a simple, 3-click solution to get a screen recording up on MediaAMP to share with students. In that time,TechSmith Relay has become so popular that over 20,000 jobs have been encoded on our Relay servers.  
TechSmith Relay Recorder

Now that TechSmith is discontinuing the self-hosted Relay product we have been using at ASU, we are excited to introduce what we feel is an even better tool, Screencast-O-Matic ("S-O-M" for short, but NOT related to "TechSmith's own video service "Screencast", or another product "Screencastify."You may have heard of SOM; they've been around for quite a while with a limited and watermarked free program, but some of the advantages of the full "enterprise" version of SOM over TechSmith Relay are that you can define a portion of the screen, zoom in on the cursor, and more interestingly, EDIT and annotate the raw video quite extensively before uploading it wherever (i.e., MediaAMP). 

Screencast-O-Matic Recorder

SOM will create an .MP4 file of the video on your local machine which you will upload manually to MediaAMP (or YouTube or wherever).  Instructions on MediaAMP are available at http://links.asu.edu/ma-help.
Screencast-O-Matic Editor

Faculty who have tried out SOM report: "...I really like it!...the process seems so much easier, less cumbersome, and faster than TechSmith Relay."

SOM is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 500 ASU users each month.  See the instructions to download and install the SOM Recorder and Video Editor at HERE or Faculty and Staff can see it at http://links.asu.edu/SOMinstall 

The TechSmith Relay server will be available through the May 10, 2019.  After that point, ASU users needing to do screen recording will be referred to use ASU's Screencast-O-Matic.


Note that any video already up on MediaAMP is unaffected by this transition to SOM.  Only the creation of new videos is affected by the retirement of TechSmith Relay.
         
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